21 year old mom with chronic back pain shots vs meds?
For the past 2 1/2+ years I have had chronic lower back pain. I am a VERY busty girl and only 5' tall. But my PM doc says my breast size has absolutely nothing to do with my pain. I have 3 children 2 of which are only 11 months and 11 days apart. I have been referred to pain management because of the end of my pregnancy... but I PM didn't want to deal with me because I was breastfeeding my youngest daughter. So... I had to wait some more. I had to quit nursing my baby because of the lower back pain...I still feel that it was a very selfish desicion but my pain was affecting our nursing relationship because I couldn't hold her for her to latch well. I went back to PM and he scheduled me for my first ESI. After zero relief... he told me he was going to do a different injection straight into the hypertrophic facet joints. He also told me that I would have 6 injections each time, for 3 Mondays in a row. So... I have only got the 1st series. Now, mind you, I don't work (so my husband works 60 hours a week) and I have 3 children to take care of by myself. And for these injections I have to get put under. After my 1st ESI I couldn't walk for two days when I tried I had severely painful muscle spasms in my lower back, left butt cheek and left leg. It has been two days since my 1st series of the FJI's and I am starting to feel the same crap. But yet the doctor refuses to give me any medication for the pain. So not only am I in severe pain but I can't do anything after these stupid injections either I called my PM office and they told me to take ibuprofen for the pain and spasms but it is doing nothing and doesn't seem concerned about my pain or concern of side effects and still wants to do 6 more injections next monday. Any recommendations? I am scared that if I refuse the injections my PM doctor will not want to see me anymore or tell me there is nothing more he can do for me. Should I continue with the shots and just pray for relief, (which from reading on here not many people find relief from the injections), like I said I am 21 years old starting this early how many injections can i get... I have expressed my concern to him and he blows it off. And I have also asked him how long this pain would last, if it would worsen over time and he had no answers. I am so frustrated and I dont know what to do. I also hear these shots cause tissue damage?! How in the hell are they going to treat my pain by causing tissue damage that in turn could worsen my pain! PLEASE HELP!
Last edited by ilovemy3girls; 11-23-2011 at 12:14 AM.